A Step-by-Step Guide to Proper Spring Cleaning

Spring has finally arrived in Cincinnati and with the changing of the seasons comes the need for a good cleaning! Housework is a great way to get things tidied up, organized, and dust-free in your home, and it also helps you prep your home for summertime fun. The key to successful Spring cleaning is to take your time and make sure not to miss any areas of your home.

Simple Spring Cleaning Guide

At Hader, we understand the importance of home comfort, so we’ve compiled a step-by-step guide to make your cleaning endeavors go a lot smoother this spring season.

Get Rid of Clutter.

Consider donating or tossing any furniture, books, clothing, or other household items that you no longer need or want. By getting rid of the clutter, you’ll have less stuff to organize and put away, making cleaning your home that much easier! Also, if you have an excess items in your home that you no longer need, donating them to someone who can use your unwanted stuff can make you feel pretty good, which will start your spring cleaning off on the right foot.

Gather All Needed Items Before You Begin.

There’s nothing worse than starting to clean a room only to realize you don’t have any rags, your duster is missing, or you’re out of window cleaner. Be sure to take an inventory of all cleaning products, and locate any needed cleaning gear before you begin. That way, you’ll maximize your cleaning time, rather than wasting time looking for lost items—or worse, running to the store in the middle of your cleaning marathon.

Start with the Small Stuff.

Do all dusting, mirrors, and putting away loose or random objects first. These tasks seem small but they can make a big impact on your overall cleaning. By getting these chores out of the way first, you’ll be able to break your cleaning into smaller sections and then hit the bigger areas (vacuuming, mopping, washing dishes) afterward to bring it all together.

Don’t Forget the Hidden Areas.

Many spots in your home, even with regular cleaning, often get forgotten. Areas such as window casings, tops of cabinets and refrigerators, and inside cabinets are all excellent spots to target. Also, be sure to wash any drapes, and wipe down your blinds. Vacuum floor registers and air vents, dust the extra high areas, and sweep underneath rugs and stairwells.   

Clean Your Windows.

Wipe away any dirt, streaks, or buildup on your home’s windows, both inside and out, using window cleaner. Remove screens and use a detergent and sponge to scrub off any excess debris, and lay them in the sun to properly dry before re-installing.

Remember Your HVAC System.

Sweep around your heating and cooling units, and be certain that there are no objects too close, on top of, or obstructing access to the units. This is also an opportune time to check and change your air filter.

Spring is the perfect time to make sure your air conditioner is in good working order for the summertime, so call in a professional HVAC technician and have an annual maintenance check performed. Hader Heating and Cooling specializes in keeping you cool during the warmer months in Cincinnati, so give us a call today to schedule your next service appointment: 513-612-9201

How to Avoid These Holiday Heating Risks

The holidays are an exciting time of the year, but unfortunately, they are also a time when homeowners experience significant home heat risks. Here are a few risks to be aware of and how to prevent them:

Cooking Risks

Holiday dinners, cookie baking bonanzas, and potluck prep can take a significant toll on your kitchen and could potentially cause fires or other concerns. Cooking hazards are the number one cause of home fires, so play it safe with these guidelines.

  • Be sure small appliances, especially the cords, are located away from sinks. With countertop appliances, make sure they are plugged into GFCI: Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter protected outlets.
  • Wear short sleeved fitted clothing and aprons when cooking. Be particularly aware of loose and longer sleeves when cooking over an open gas flame. Flowy materials can easily catch fire in the kitchen.
  • When not in use, be sure to unplug appliances such as coffee makers, toasters, blenders, or toaster ovens.
  • Never leave paper towels, kitchen towels, potholders or oven mitts next to the stovetop. These can easily catch fire if they come into contact with a heating element.

Holiday Light Hazards

Holiday lights are fun! But, if you overdo it or are not well informed, then your beautiful lights can be potentially dangerous. Be sure to follow these recommendations when decorating with lights this season.

  • Unplug all holiday lights, both indoor and outdoor lights, before going to bed or leaving your home.
  • Use only electric lights when decorating your holiday tree. Never try and light your tree, whether real or fake, with fire-lit candles. Consider battery operated candles in place of regular candles elsewhere.
  • To decrease the risk of electrocution when hanging holiday lights, use a fiberglass or wooden ladder instead of a metal ladder.

Space Heater Dangers

Space heaters add easy comfort to any room during the colder months. You’ll want to play it safe when warming your home with a space heater, though, as they could potentially cause electric shock and/or fires.

  • First thing’s first: when planning to add a space heater to a room in your home, be sure to read all of the manufacturer’s instructions and provided information carefully. This is very important and is the most effective way to prevent space heater hazards.
  • When using a space heater, do not plug the appliance into an extension cord. Plugging the unit into an extension cord could cause overheating and lead to a potential fire. Instead, plug the space heater directly into an outlet on the wall.
  • Make space around your space heater. These appliances must be kept at least 3 feet from all flammable objects, including bedding, hampers, and rugs.

Care About Smoke Alarms

  • Install smoke alarms outside of all sleeping areas, in the kitchen, and on each floor of your home. Be sure to test your smoke alarms monthly to make sure they’re in proper working order to keep you and your loved ones safe.
  • Smoke alarms that rely on hardwiring and a backup battery are found to be more reliable than those that solely rely on a battery.
  • There are different types of smoke alarms: a photoelectric alarm responds better to smoldering fires, whereas an ionization alarm responds more rapidly to flames. There are combination style smoke-alarms which include both photoelectric and ionization alarms, and these provide the most complete protection for your home.

If you’re concerned about HVAC heating risks, we can help. Contact us today to make sure that your heater or furnace is working properly.

Don’t Try This at Home: Why Homeowners Should Avoid These Popular HVAC Hacks

Many people love a great DIY hack. They’re fun, educational, and can save you money; what’s not to love! There are a lot of informative videos and articles available online that outline many DIY projects that could be costly if you hired a pro: basic car repair, refinishing hardwood floors, even cabinet installation, among countless other tutorials. But, heed caution—HVAC repair is NOT where you want to be cutting corners.

Why Homeowners Should Avoid HVAC Hacks

If you are considering taking on a DIY project for heating or cooling repair, think again. HVAC technicians are highly trained, often certified, professionals who are required to undergo extensive continuing education within the field of HVAC repair. Therefore, any “HVAC Hacks” should be avoided by novices and best left to professionals. Here’s why:

It’s Risky.

When it comes to HVAC, if you don’t know what you’re doing, a few videos on YouTube will not properly prepare you to fix your system. One needs to have extensive knowledge to be able to diagnose and fix potential HVAC system issues. Also, HVAC units are expensive and depending on the brand, make, model, and even year of production they can differ widely. The video that you are watching could highlight a different model than your unit, which could cause confusion in locating where the correct components are—potentially causing big problems if a component is misidentified. If you don’t have the proper knowledge when you try and fix something, you could end up with a bigger problem than you initially started out with.

High voltage electricity is also a big concern. HVAC technicians have been properly trained on electrical concepts such as components, voltage, currents, and many other systems that are probably unfamiliar to a typical homeowner. Messing around with high voltage electricity if you don’t know what you are doing is not only dangerous, it could be deadly. Don’t risk your life trying to save a few dollars on HVAC repair. It’s simply not worth it.

You Probably Don’t Have the Right Tools.

HVAC technicians use very specific tools and gauges to identify issues within the HVAC systems. These tools alone can cost a substantial amount of money, and without them your newly gained HVAC knowledge is pretty useless. If you opt to purchase the tools yourself, keep in mind that the tools for just one task may end up costing you more money than a professional service call.

And, if you use the incorrect tools to try and service your HVAC unit, you could inadvertently damage the system. This could cost you a significant amount of money in parts, or require you to have to replace the entire unit.

Simply put, DIY HVAC hacks are just not worth it. There are a couple things you can do on your own to help keep your HVAC system running smoothly, such as changing the air filter regularly, vacuuming out registers and vents, and having regular maintenance performed on your HVAC system. Otherwise, leave it to a pro—like us!

Call us today for repair or maintenance: 513-612-9201